CNBLUE leader Jung Yonghwa recently celebrated his thirtieth birthday (in Korean reckoning) on June 22, 2018 and though he may be in the middle of his military service in South Korea, his fans around the world commemorated his special day in style. As proof of Yonghwa’s massive international popularity, in order to show how much they miss him fans organized a huge number of projects in honor of this important milestone. These included billboards, charity projects, and an online hashtag campaign that trended for more than thirty hours in South Korea beginning at midnight KST on his birthday.
— Beautiful 정용화💎 (@BeautifulJyh) June 21, 2018
Here are a few highlights of the many projects from his fans
From smaller to bigger projects, fans didn’t lack creativity, like this salt painting of Yonghwa.
“Salt”-utations. 💃🏼🎁 Belated #HappyBirthdayJYH30th ^^ Yonghwa salt art.. For our salt bae. 🥩🌫 Waiting for you~ You be happy and healthy too, @jyheffect 🤴🏻🤙🏼
“For you, a thousand times over” – K. Hosseini🎈🏃🏽♂️ #HappyYonghwaDay #JungYonghwa #정용화 pic.twitter.com/LApiLBryZb
— MagnanimousJYH (@Magnanimous0622) July 4, 2018
There were several large-scale projects organized by Yonghwa’s Chinese fans. YongHwaWeibar and JungYonghwaDLChina sponsored a group of huge month-long video billboards at Yongsan CGV cinema.
by : JYH-WEIBAR CHINA & D.L.CHINA
at : Yongsan CGV Cinema
schedule : June 10, 2018 – July 10 , 2018
— TTÕÕKK (@TooK_JYH) June 11, 2018
— GreenDeer (@Greendeer524) June 29, 2018
Those two groups also sponsored an LED ad at Yongsan station.
— China JYH-Weibar (@YongHwaWeibar) June 17, 2016
And donated a multimedia classroom, two music classrooms, and a year’s tuition for three hearing-impaired students, as well as KRW2 million to the Korea Childhood Leukemia Foundation.
Birthday Celebration Donation from Jong Yong Hwa Chinese Fan Club
donated 2 million KRW to the Korea Childhood Leukemia Foundation
— TTÕÕKK (@TooK_JYH) June 22, 2018
JYHMipuChina supported a week long electronic display on dozens of pillars at Gangnam Station as well as a donation of 520 trees and 622 meals to needy children in China.
— 郑容和的米铺 (@JYHMIPUCHINA) June 18, 2018
— 郑容和的米铺 (@JYHMIPUCHINA) June 18, 2018
Other Chinese fans sponsored ads in 148 CGV cinemas in Korea, at approximately 600 self-ticketing machines that played two photographs and a 30-second video on each kiosk.
— YHgardenChina (@YHGC191204) June 13, 2018
— YHgardenChina (@YHGC191204) June 12, 2018
Japan fans organized a joint birthday project for Yonghwa and CNBLUE guitarist Lee Jonghyun that included digital billboards in Seoul subway stations.
— nsekko (@nsekko4) July 3, 2018
Thai fan group @cnboicethailand sponsored an electronic billboard at MBK Center in Bangkok.
🎊🎂 HBD’s JYH Project 🎂🎊
E-card and show on LCD screens for @JYHeffect's Birthday at MBK Center, landmarks of BKK Thailand during 16-30 Jun 2018.
Thank you for support with #CNBoiceThailandFan 🙏🙏🙏#정용화 #씨엔블루 #JungYongHwa #CNBlue pic.twitter.com/cJxbOV3OnG
— CNBoiceThailandFan (@cnboicethailand) June 16, 2018
— Supaporn P. (@aeum19) June 27, 2018
🎂 Happy Birthday Yonghwa 😊 Darling 😘
i miss you
i will waiting for you
Love you forever 💓 @JYHeffect
😘 #BoiceThai 🇹🇭#HBDYonghwa622_2018 #622JYHBirthdayproject_Thailand #CNBoiceThailandFan #Thailand 🇹🇭#HappybirthdayJYH30th #HappyYongHwaDay #YONGHWAday #CNBLUE pic.twitter.com/FpTkuFcO95
— Anniko_Smile (@anniko99) June 21, 2018
Yonghwa’s international fans also won week long birthday ads from Click! Starwars by reaching a goal of 600,000 stars on the website. These ads ran at Shinjuku Station in Tokyo and Seoul Subway Station, as well as outdoor ads in the Hongdae entertainment district in Seoul and trailers running before screenings at CGV Cinemas.
— かつみん (@katumikan98) June 24, 2018
Possibly the most impressive was a six-part project organized by Yonghwa fansite jyhsketchbook.com and supported by international fans. The project included
- a month-long billboard in Hyehwa subway station in Seoul’s arts and theater district
— YT☆ (@w2ting) June 26, 2018
- electronic advertisements in eighty-nine 24-hour convenience stores (Yonghwa was born in 1989)
— 정용화SketchBook (@JYHSketchBook) June 12, 2018
2018 YH Day
Part 3 of 6
24시간 편의점광고 X89
Advertising in 89 24-hour convenience stores
— 정용화SketchBook (@JYHSketchBook) June 8, 2018
- an outdoor LED billboard on the top of a building outside of Gangnam Station and the distribution of free custom-designed transparent hand fans at Yonghwa’s photo exhibit
— 푸르도다 (@Stayong_622) June 25, 2018
— 지혀니♥ (@jihyun021) June 22, 2018
2018 YH Day
Part 4-1 of 6
Outdoor LED Media Advertising
서울특별시 강남대로 445
— 정용화SketchBook (@JYHSketchBook) June 22, 2018
- a charity donation of musical instruments, art supplies, a cd player, and copies of Yonghwa’s cds to a school for deaf children in Hebei Province, China.
- a gift of supplies and treats for Yonghwa and his squadron in the special forces
2018 YH Day
— 정용화SketchBook (@JYHSketchBook) June 29, 2018
The final part of the project was a massive 100-meter long digital billboard in COEX Mall Underworld Panorama in Seoul.
— 사랑소리 (@sarangsori97) June 24, 2018
Fans also organized several charity projects in honor of Yonghwa’s birthday. Thai fans donated two clear air guitars to the Music Sharing program.
Support Birthday Project
On behalf of JUNG YONG HWA We would like to take this oportunity to give 2 clear air guitars to " Music Sharing " on June 22 , 2018 .#HBDYonghwa622_2018 @JYHeffect #씨엔블루 #정용화 #JungYongHwa 🎂🎉 pic.twitter.com/dNKOLw8GtV
— JYH Fan Thailand (@YongHwaFanTH) June 24, 2018
Fans in the Philippines organized by @ForeverBluePH sponsored a donation to the House of Dreams orphanage in YongHwa’s name to support nineteen children.
Happy Birthday Jung YongHwa from House of Dreams
An orphanage selected by Forever Blue PH to be sponsored with by Jung YongHwa's name. Since Love is Sharing. Forever Blue PH shared their love to YongHwa to 19 kids in House Of Dreams. @JYHeffect @FNC_ENT #HappyBirthdayJYH30th pic.twitter.com/uqfmNHREqM
— Dheb loves Sanghyuk (@SF9sarang) June 22, 2018
Japan fan group Yonghwa_holic.Japan sponsored box lunches for children at the Children’s Welfare Society in Seoul.
— YONGHWA_HOLIC.japan (@YONGHWAHOLICjp) June 21, 2018
Singapore fans donated SGD622 (in honor of Yonghwa’s birthday) to the Make-A-Wish foundation.
— Cindy 양메이 (@blueisland0313) June 22, 2018
Some other Yonghwa birthday projects included:
Union Pay BC card issued a special card in Yonghwa’s honor.
— Miyuki🤝✨Yonghwa✨ (@YS2010211_m) June 28, 2018
Bus ad from Starpop! app
— CyndyIsWaiting4💚정용화💚 (@cyndyoo) June 21, 2018
jhy_bookmark, YongForeverSTU, AllForYong, JYHFocusGroup sponsored vertical electronic billboard at Myeongdong
— ゆかよん (@yukayonyon1) June 26, 2018
jhy_bookmark, YongForeverSTU, AllForYong, JYHFocusGroup sponsored stairwell ad at Myeongdong station, Seoul
— JYHBookmark (@JYH_Bookmark) June 15, 2018
Coffee cup holders in Seoul cafés for Yonghwa’s and Minhyuk’s birthdays.
— ゆかよん (@yukayonyon1) June 27, 2018
— よんよん♥︎︎∗︎*ﾟ (@ccnbluee) June 23, 2018
Coffee sleeves in Hong Kong cafes.
We’ve held a coffee sleeve event in HK to celebrate Yong Hwa’s birthday. The venue is Tom N Toms Coffee HONG KONG. Period: 22-23 June. Let’s join the event and take photos together @simpleboiceHK #tomntomshkg #HappyYongHwaDay #happybirthdayjyh30th pic.twitter.com/iJfiUjqHWq
— CNBLUE HONG KONG FC (@CNBHK) June 22, 2018
So although Yonghwa is currently serving in the special forces in South Korea’s army, his fans are still thinking of him and made sure to properly celebrate and commemorate his birthday around the world. Fans are counting down the days until his return on Dec. 4, 2019!